My guest this week, Amadi Kyymm, shares the origins of some of her characters.
I used a combination of methods to develop my characters for Knight Riders. I may admire a certain actor or actress and use them or a prototype of them.
I've worked with the public for nearly 30 years, and I've encountered countless personalities which would fill volumes if I had the time to write about all of them. Which means I've had countless opportunities to “people watch” and make note of many things. However, I managed to narrow everything down to a few.
So far there are four main characters in Knight Riders. Four regulars and four heavies.
1. Eva Hamilton: Black, plus sized, female Vampiress. Closely resembles Queen Latifa. She used to be a cop but was “bitten”. Now, she's starting her own private detective and recovery agency. She looks sweet as sugar on the outside, but, the criminal element doesn't fare well around her.
2. Kevin Delacroix: Black, male, rookie Vampire. Closely resembles Keith Hamilton Cobb when he played “Tyr Anasazi” in Gene Roddenberry's “Andromeda”. Yes, dreadlocks and muscles. . . . He's also a retired veteran detective. Kevin is a big, strong and mean-as-hell looking, and doesn't take no crap. But, he has a heart of gold.
3. Steve Kennedy: This is my real life character. Meaning, Steve is a “real” cop at work. When he found out I was working on a crime novel asked me to write him in, so I did. He is a white, male, veteran Detective Sergeant at the 3rd Precinct in Knight Riders. He's also Kevin's former boss and a very good human friend of his. Oh, he doesn't know Kevin is a Vampire. . . .
4. Janice Pinkerton aka “Pinky”: Black, female Vampiress who works at the 3rd Precinct Detective Squad as a police clerical supervisor. Her nickname is “Pinky” because she loves pink and formally sold a lot of Mary Kay products. Yes, she does have a pink Cadillac. . . . . Pinky loves her job at the precinct, but she's stayed long past retirement age and her co-workers (detectives) are getting suspicious. . .
How did I come by those names? I had no problem thinking of them. I nearly named “Eva”, “Eve”, but changed my mind. Eve Hamilton sounded kinda blah to me. “Kevin” is sort of a derivative of “Keith”, the actor's real name. I did want to name my character Keith, but that would've been too close for comfort. Mr. Kennedy? He's tickled pink to be in my first book and possibly others. As for “Pinky”, I made her name up.
Thanks to my handy-dandy Baby Name book, or website, I don't have problems with names. However, if I need something really unique I'll go to the American Indian name, or the African name listings, or use mythological names. I've had plenty of practice doing this when I used to participate in written role playing games. Back then, one had to be able to make up names and characters on the fly. Just think, that was before the internet. . . . . . . .
What methods do you use to generate names for your stories. Who do you pattern your characters after? Are there any real life characters in your book?
I, Amadi Kyymm am a humble writer, voracious reader, and hope to be by the end of the year, a published author of my first book, “The Knight Riders”. I'm a life long resident of New York City, and I live with my two fur kin (cats). I'm a Star Trek fan, love SciFi, fantasy, dragons, vampires, computers, and photography. My occupation: police clerical.
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